Rio Ferdinand admits interest in becoming England manager

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It was the same old story for England at Euro 2016.

Arriving with so much optimism and expectation, only for the players unable to handle the pressure and ultimately collapse in the face of adversity.

England's embarrassing second round exit to Iceland prompted the end of Roy Hodgson's reign as manager and while it's understandable why some coaches would want to distance themselves from being linked with the role, one former player has stated outright that he would like the job.

Since hanging up his boots in 2015, Rio Ferdinand has become a well-respected pundit and was working at the tournament for the BBC. After witnessing the debacle first-hand he has now stated his ambitions to manage his country.

Speaking to Copa 90, the former Manchester United defender gave his brutally honest opinion behind what went wrong for Hodgson's men in France.

He said: "When you don't know you're starting 11 when you get to the tournament and don't know your best formation, there's a problem,

"'When you perform in a team, individuals can only perform to their greatest ability when the platform at the bottom and the foundations are set."

Ferdinand continued to blame the structure and environment that was put in place by Hodgson and his backroom staff - which also included ex-teammate Gary Neville - and suggested how the Three Lions can improve going forwards.

"There needs to be a structure and you need to understand what you want your team to do.

"When a player isn't performing too well as an individual, he can fall back on that platform of structure, the team and unity."

Clearly so frustrated by what he had seen from England over the last month, the 37-year-old then announced: "That's why I should be England manager!"

Copa 90 presenters Poet and Vuj then pushed him further by asking if he would seriously take the job, to which he responded: "Yeah, all day long."

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce and ex-Germany boss Jurgen Klinsmann remain the bookies' favourites to replace Hodgson.

Allardyce had reportedly held talks with the FA's selection committee earlier this week but Sunderland would ideally like to keep the manager who dramatically saved them from relegation last season so a club vs country row could well be on the horizon.

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